50+ Free Resources for Writers, Bloggers, And Other Freelancers

Do you maintain a blog for your freelance business? Are you a freelance writer, blogger, or someone who writes regularly? If you answered yes to any of those questions, then this article is for you. From organization, to finding ideas, to doing the research -- there are dozens of free resources that can help you write better. In this post, we've found 50 that we think will be valuable to you. Here are 50 … [Read more...]

Five Useful Ways Dropbox Can Improve Your Business

What would you do if something happened to your computer? Say, it caught fire, was stolen, or got drenched in your latte? If you were using a good backup solution you could just keep on working, otherwise you could be in a lot of trouble. For those of you who don't already have a backup and file sharing solution in place, you'll want to learn more about Dropbox. A computer-savvy client introduced me to … [Read more...]

Planning: The Not-So Secret Success Tool That Anyone Can Use

Some people love to "fly by the seat of their pants." If they take a trip, they take it one day at a time and decide each day what they will do. If they start a household project (like painting the fence), they get up each day and if they feel like it, they paint. If they go into a store, such people don't along take a list. I could go on and on. . . There are "seat of the pants" clients too. You've probably … [Read more...]

10 Productivity Tools for Computer Addicts

Not everyone needs a computer to do their work, but those of us who do tend to be stuck to our computers like a strong piece of velcro. With the amount of time we spend tapping away at our keyboards, it's no wonder there are hundreds of tools dedicated to making that time more efficient. These productivity tools range from online web applications, to small desktop programs, to smartphone software, and … [Read more...]

Does Your Business Have the Flu?

You've heard all about the real flu, but did you know that your freelance business could get sick too? A person with the flu doesn't feel very good. They ache all over. Their throat may be sore or they may have a headache. They typically don't even really want to get out of bed. Not only does a person with the flu not feel very good. Generally, they don't look very good either. They may be pale or flushed, … [Read more...]

5 Game-Changing Project Management Tools

Project management tools and applications are incredibly valuable to web-workers. Tracking time, tasks, people, and everything else is difficult, and the right project management tool can make all of the difference. It's been several years since the first web-based project management software debuted, and some of the best systems have gone on to become incredibly popular (I'm looking at you, basecamp). Some … [Read more...]

Your Business Backup Plan — Why You Need One

Many of you have been in this situation before: you have your workweek all planned out, you know exactly what you're going to do and exactly when you're going to do it. Everything is going right according to plan. Or, so you thought. Suddenly and without warning, a single event can change everything. Before you know it your entire week is turned upside down. What you thought you could do when you planned … [Read more...]

5 Easy Ways to Finish Your Day With A Bang

Getting a lot of work done at the end of the day can be really tough -- especially if it happens to be a Monday, Thursday, or Friday. Time seems to slow down, motivation slowly seeps away, and I'd swear that work becomes exponentially more difficult. Something about late-afternoons just isn't good for productivity. With a few tricks, though, it's possible to turn those sluggish afternoons into something … [Read more...]

Working Under Fire — Do You Like Stress, or Not?

Some freelancers insist that stress helps them get their work done. I've heard freelancers claim that they actually work better and have more creativity when they are stressed. Not only do they survive, but they seem to thrive when they are stressed. Other freelancers see stress as something to be avoided. They go to great lengths to avoid people or projects that could be considered stressful. If asked, … [Read more...]

Are These 5 Mistakes Holding You Back from Freelance Success?

There is a lot of great freelancing advice out there, both on this site and on many others. Anyone who wants to make it as a freelancer has many resources available to help them with what they need to know -- everything from dealing with problem clients, to finding them in the first place, to organizing taxes and so on. In fact, there is so much good advice about what you should be doing that I think it's … [Read more...]